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Kramer vs. Kramer

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,770 ratings  ·  143 reviews
In the beginning they were three. Joanna and Ted Kramer, and four-year-old Billyhis big brown eyes bright with curiosity and wonder. A perfect family. Then on day the mother abandons them. Divorce. And now they are two. Father and son. Caring and cared for, learning what loving and belonging are all about, until there is a bond between them that nothing can break. Nothing ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 31st 1988 by Ivy Books (first published 1977)
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Rebecca McNutt
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, divorce
Written in the 1970's, Kramer Versus Kramer wasn't exactly an outlandish story back in its heyday, but when considering the high divorce rates of today's digital age, it's a bit disconcerting to think of just how many children are probably already living this life right now. Even more painfully tragic though is the plight of a father torn in multiple directions, and the sacrifice he ultimately makes out of love. It's an often depressing book; poor Ted tries to do everything right, a single ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
First I saw the film and it was a good one. Winner of four Oscars in 1980 : best picture,best actor,best supporting actress and best director.

The story is a bit unusual,a woman walks out on her young son and husband. The husband has no option but to raise his son all by himself as he struggles with the pressures and uncertainties of his job. And then suddenly his wife has a change of heart and wants her son back !

Terrific performance by Dustin Hoffman,well supported by Meryl Streep.

A good book
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jolene Cazzola
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was actually re-reading this classic - still loved it, although this time I had a harder time believing the ending. Maybe I'm just more jaded after 20 years.
Raghav Bansal
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A heart-rending story of the immutable determination and fathomless love of a father for his son in times tempestuous, Kramer vs. Kramer immediately connects with the emotional quotient of a person however minuscule that might be. It recounts the quandary of a person caught between his seemingly bright calling future and an adorable son alone at home after his wife decides to walk out on him. The way in which the author has managed to create the magical bonding and slow love between the ...more
Rachel Aranda
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-rentals
I didn't hate this book but I got pretty bored reading it. There were parts throughout the book I found myself wanting to quit reading the book all together. That being said there isn't anything wrong with the writing of Avery Corman as the writing is very simple. A reader can read the whole book in one setting if they skimmed or were really into the story. Something I found a little odd about the writing was that it has some pretty semi-graphic sexual stuff that I felt was kind of excessive. ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book and it was a fast read but I found the middle to be a little slow. I wish the book focused more on Teds relationship with Billy rather than Teds dating life. Still made me cry though so three stars. ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I first read this book and saw the movie over 30 years ago.
Before putting it in my out box I decided to read it again.
Both Joanna & Ted are around 30 before they settle down to marriage. Two years later comes their son Billy. Joanna gives up her job to be a full-time mum.
Joanna loves her son but she is bored with diaper changing, feeding, reading & playing children's games. She feels she is loosing her self worth, her identity. So when Billy is 4 years old she walks out on her marriage
Seema Ravi krishna
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It takes a village to raise a child - if i had truly understood this saying before i had my son i might have dodged the ball but then after being with my son for 5 yrs now, i wouldn't have it any other way. Motherhood, a blissful ride? Are you kidding me? Did i think of giving it all up and running away? Yes a million times! But these are wild imaginations which i don't have the inkling to pay any heed because i know it would make my life meaningless. But Joanna Kramer took that road less ...more
Mina Pappa
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a nice book! Starting with the mother's feelings and point of view and then moving on to the father's. Witnessing a love and a connection that strong, like a mother's would be! And pointing out that a father's role is equally important and he can feel immense love ,even though they don't carry the babies for 9 months. So emotional and beautiful story! Very true and naked from any sugar coating
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book - the emotion and the witty humor. The only thing that kept me from giving a 5-star rating was literally the last page of the book. I won't give any spoilers, but other than that, this was a very engaging story and a quick read. Also, my biggest pet peeve in books is when authors (typically, unfortunately) do a poor job of writing for young children, both in dialogue and behavior. Mr. Corman was on-point in his writing for Billy. This made the story that much more believable.
Mar 12, 2020 added it
Read so long ago, I can't remember even if I liked it. Excellently directed movie though.
Lee Anne
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
I owned a copy of this book when I was way too young, sometime after the movie came out, so 11? 10? I read it more than once as a tween/teen, and was marked forever by the passage describing Billy's birth, in which the nurse wipes up the "blood and shit." You poop during childbirth? Terrifying! It came back to me when I was pregnant; turns out it's no big deal, and you don't have to be shaved any longer, so I spent all those years worrying for nothing.

Rereading this now, as an adult, I of course
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometime in the 80s, as a pre-teen, I caught the back end of this movie on cable. I remembered nothing about it when I saw this book for sale at the library, except the depiction of a father and his son, and that the end made me cry. I didn't even remember how it ended! What would happen was therefore still a mystery to me as I read. In succinct and lively, vivid prose, Corman paints an emotional but not overly sentimental history that got me crying on at least three separate occasions. The end ...more
Sam Zumwalt
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What an outstanding book. I came across this book at Half Price Books yesterday for I think seventy-five cents and thought why not. I had never seen the movie, but was somewhat aware of the plot. I sat it on the table with a couple of other books I bought last night. When I woke up today I could not put it down, it was one of those rare books that you find yourself reading in one sitting. The prose was easy to read and very matter of fact- a good bit of dialogue, but great description. As for ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I felt that the author did a great job at demonstrating the complexity of gender roles in the 1970s. He humanized Joanne while not justifying her leaving her young son. Ted was by far not a perfect father, but you felt the emotion he felt throughout the book as well. If you like the movie, I feel youll like the book. ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel did not start strongly, but got immensely better as it progressed. Very quick read; quite a page turner. Somewhat antiquated and quaint by today's standards, but it's interesting as a document of its time. 3.5 out of 5.
Coy Williams
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read it and get ready to cry!
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
slow start with a heartbreaking last third
Stephen Lubin
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a sad book. I felt like this book showed the raw and wretched side of marriage, parenthood, divorce, adulthood, life but in a way that makes you feel empathetic and relatable. Its sad to think that story is all too common yet I dont feel like its ever discussed or displayed.
I imagine this book was controversial for the time period it was written. It explores some ideas that are still not accepted today and I cant imagine how society felt about them in the 70s. Its interesting to
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: simply-fiction
This book was very well-written, interesting, and infuriating all at the same time. It centers around Ted Kramer, his wife Joanna, and their young son Billy. After having a child, Joanna realizes that the expectations of motherhood are too much to handle, and she runs off leaving Ted to care for and raise Billy. Ted quickly learns that taking care of a child is a momentous responsibility, but takes it in stride, trying to love Billy as much as he can. But a year and a half later, Joanna has a ...more
Bradley Connaghan
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
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Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful tale of a father and son left to their own devices and surviving through the ups and downs. It looks at parenthood, marriage and divorce and addresses the fact that not every woman is made for or wants motherhood. When picking it up I thought it was a contemporary book but only realized at the end is was written in the '70s. Although the times have changed, I feel like ideas of motherhood have changed perhaps a bit less. I liked this book but can't bring myself to say I "really liked ...more
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Theres a library in my hometown that has a free book section as you walk in. This was one of the options. Id of course heard of the Academy Award winning movie adaption with Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman, but I didnt know the ending.

I took this book with my on a backpacking trip to Europe. The dialogue and novel itself were brutally honest and raw. The ending brought me to tears. Maybe the jetlag on the way to London could have played a role too, but I really liked this book. Still, its
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I wanted to like this book. It, and the subsequent movie, received great reviews. However, I didn't like the strong language. I overlooked that at first, but then came to what I consider a graphic sex scene, and I just couldn't continue.

I did find the characters' journeys interesting, but I don't like the images of adultery and fornication that the book gave me, and I don't want to risk having more of those in my mind.
Tracy Tibbels
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was able to identify with both Joanna and Ted Kramer. I remember seeing this movie as a kid, not truly even understanding what divorce was.... Reading it now, 20 years into my own marriage, I can see each person's point of view.... I'm kind of surprised I was rooting for Ted, though I think that was the intention of the author. It was a good read, kept moving along at a nice pace. Anxious to watch the movie again!
Hank Pharis
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Was very impressed with this movie when it came out so I listened to this. Its okay but this is one of those rare occasions when I actually liked the movie better. There's not much different here and the movie had Dustin Hoffman and Merle Streep.

(Note: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book. 3 = Very good; 4 = Outstanding {only about 5% of the books I read merit this}; 5 = All time favorites {one of these may come along every 400-500 books})
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading KRAMER VS. KRAMER by AVERY CORMAN. I read this book while listening to the audible book narrated by PETER BERKROT. After Joanna Kramer walks out on marriage and motherhood, Ted Kramer and their son learn to be a family on their own. And a bond forms between them that could never be broken--except by a mother who returns two years later wanting her son back. The movie and the book are very good. 👍👍 ...more
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Avery Corman (born November 28, 1935, in the Bronx, New York) is an American novelist.

He is the author of the novel Kramer vs. Kramer (1977) which created a sea change in attitudes toward child custody with the public and in the courts in the United States and internationally. Robert Benton wrote the screenplay and directed the movie of the same name Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) starring Dustin

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